There are three new features of the Autodesk Revit Architecture 2011 release that will help designers with sustainable design decisions. These are:
The Sun Path Tool
Similar to the sun path found in Ecotect Analysis, this will help provide a greater understanding of shading and overshadowing issues with interactive control of the sun's position.
This provides really significant potential for developers to produce building performance analysis tools that will display the results within Revit. This lays the groundwork for greater things in the area of sustainable design. Whilst we will have to wait and see what tools get produced, this could well be one of the most exciting new functions long term.
Previously only available as a Subscription Benefit with Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, Revit Architecture & Revit MEP 2011 Subscription customers will now also be able to access Green Building Studio too. This is something many customers have been asking me for over the last year and it is great to see it has now happened.